What is a doula?
Definition- A woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, infirmation, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
The word doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional,and informational support to the mother, before, during and just after birth. I prefer to not to exclude the partner while focusing on the mother, but rather draw the partner in to his/her comfort level this helps ensure those studies that have shown when a doula attends a birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier, and they breastfeed more easily.
Statistics of Doula-Supported Births
Effects on Birth Outcomes:
Labors are 25% shorter.
There are fewer complications.
Cesarean rates are reduced by 50%.
There is 40% less need for oxytocin to speed up labor.
Need for forceps is reduced by 40%.
Women request 30% less pain medication and 60% fewer epidurals.
Effects on the Mother:
Greater satisfaction with their birth experience.
More positive assessments of their babies.
Less postpartum depression.
Effects on the Baby:
Babies have shorter hospital stays with fewer admissions to special care nurseries.
Babies breastfeed more easily.
Mothers are more affectionate to their babies postpartum.
Effects on the Health Care System:
The cost of obstetrical care is dramatically reduced.
Women are pleased with the personalized care doulas offer.
The Benefit of continuous support in labor is recognized by:
The World Health Organization
The Medical Leadership Council (an organization of over 1200 U.S. hospitals)
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada
You deserve a doula who is confident and knowledgable in serving all walks of life. I have years of experience supporting famalies from; no income, teachers, real hosuewives, nurses, a nationally syndicated radio show host., NFL players, police officers, military, missionaries, doctors, surgeons, lawyers, and everyone in between. I am also proud to serve a very diverse ethnic group of famailies from around the globe, and I look forward to your birth journey!!